Indigenous Success Stories

Language and Culture (13-17)

Inuit of Alaska, Canada, Greenland and Chukta

July 16, 2018

The 2018 Assembly – held every four years – concluded with the Utqiaġvik Declaration which includes a section on Education and Language.
“Our languages are the foundation of our culture and identity. Legally protecting and revitalizing our languages is urgent and paramount.
For our languages to remain strong, lnuit language schools and learning institutions need to be established…Effective education requires new pedagogies that reflect our values, culture and languages. For our language to remain strong the lnuit language must be the primary language of instruction in our schools. Language and education support our culture and lnuit hunting, gathering and food practices are a way in which our culture is taught. ICC supports that indigenous harvesting practice should sustain and enhance Inuit cultural practices”